Against an 8-2 playoff opponent, the team better come ready to play right away or they could find themselves behind the eight ball pretty quickly.
Unfortunately for the Madisonville Mustangs football team (3-8), it did exactly that, falling behind Class 4A’s 224th ranked Liberty Panthers. The Mustangs, who are ranked 667th in the state, fell behind early as the Panthers jumped out to a 21-0 start.
While the Mustangs turned things around after the first 12 minutes, the damage was already done as Madisonville fell 62-31 Thursday night.
“Football is a four-quarter ball game; everybody knows that, and we came out the gate flat,” Madisonville Head Coach Rusty Nail said. “We fell behind by 21 quick and spent the rest of the game playing catch-up – we scored, but the problem was we couldn’t stop them from scoring.”
Defense has been a problem area for the Mustangs all season, but Coach Nail and his staff say they are confident that with time the defense can turn it around moving into next season.
“You like contact or you don’t like contact – it’s as simple as that,” Nail said. “We’ve got to get better at blocking and we will. It’s all about getting bigger, stronger and tougher. We were not very physical this season and that’s going to change.”